I was chatting with a friend/reader this evening and she mentioned that her daughter was struggling a bit with the concept of subtraction. She said she wished that I had an apple tree math game that she could use with her daughter. Well, her wish was my command and I sat down and created the Apple Tree Math Game (great title, huh?). The game is very simple. Print out the templates, cut out the apples and practice! Here are a few examples…
Some Suggestions for Addition and Subtraction Practice
- There were two apples in the apple tree (place 2 apples in the tree) and 2 more apples grew (add 2 apples to the tree). How many apples are now in the tree? 2+2=4
- Four apples fell to the ground (put 4 apples on the ground) then 5 more fell to the ground (add 5 apples). How many apples are now on the ground? 4+5=9
- There were 6 apples in the tree (place 6 apples in the tree) and I picked 3. How many apples are now in the tree? 6-3=3
- There were 8 apples in my pile (make a pile of 8 apples) and an animal came along and took 2 away (remove 2 apples). How many apples are now in my pile? 8-2=6
Apple Math Sentences:
Place 5 apples in the tree. Say the rhyme and remove 1 apple when you “shake the tree.” Count how many apples are left. Make a math sentence from it– 5 apples minus 1 apple equals 4 apples. Repeat until there are no more apples.
Way up high in the apple tree,
Five red apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
Down came one apple…
Mmmm, it was good!
(continue 4 red apples, 3 red apples etc)
Templates available! Email a request to email@example.com
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